Dock 10

Watch out for the man that airs his opinions as facts; if he does that, pretty soon, he’ll believe it.

V. Shnodgrate, Renowned PL Poet

UntitledSo, we landed without any more issues.

I mean, this professor got to nap.

The burly chap and the lady stayed pretty much to themselves.

Capital, I say. Quite capital.

Anyways and some, once the plane landed we waited around in the plane, smashed together–without any air, mind–like beetles in a beetle paste, until the ramp was up and rocking out.

Beetle paste is made with these chaps, I bet.

Beetle paste is made with these chaps, I bet.

Now, here’s the thing about the professor: I travel light. So light, in fact, you probably wouldn’t think I was traveling if you saw me about.

I had a pack.

And that’s it.

Army-Backpack-Rucksack

My pack, see. Who knows what I put in there.

Where was I?

Oh yes, the ramp.

Once off the ramp, I was free.

At least, it felt that way.

At first.

See, I had arrived at Space Dock Morchester. One of the busiest Space Docks in the land.

People were everywhere. Screaming, shouting, talking, laughing, crying, dying (medics were with them, I promise), and sleeping on benches and chairs.

It was something to behold.

Bags and suitcases were everywhere, too.

“Look there,” said one chap who was passing by with his wife. He was pointing to a red bag off by its own in the corner, near the restroom.

“What about it?” she said.

“A bomb, I bet.”

“Not a chance,” she said. “Remember the first rule? Never put bombs in a red bag. Everyone sees red. How many years did we work in the business and you still don’t get the basics?!”

Rats and a Heifer! What a thingy.

Busy, like this.

Busy, like this.

As a rule–and this professor doesn’t make too many rules, usually–Space Docks are full of violent people. I mean, it figures out, if you figure it.

Figure: People from all over TPL put together, and then, add people from the whole Honi Galaxy. Yup. A recipe for something to burn,  I say.

So, this professor went off, searching for my dock.

“This way, this way!” shouted one woman in a uniform. “If you’re heading for dock 5!”

I wasn’t, of course.

The professor was heading to dock 10. And no one had anything to say about it.

Thus, I slugged on, like a slug, through the crowd, always being sure to watch that I didn’t get thieved from. Never know when that might happen. #AlwaysWatchful #AlwaysCareful Professorish Mantra, right there.

Then I heard him:

“Oh my. Look who it is.”

I spun around.

Leaning against a fake island tree was Mr. Daniel H, the kids writer.

I approached, cautiously.

“Hello,” I said.

“Bet you didn’t expect to see me,” he said.

“Not at all, really,” I answered. “And you wouldn’t know the way to dock 10, would you?”

Daniel shook his head. “No, I’m heading for dock 3. I have a book to publish. I don’t know why, but my publishers moved to another planet. That’s not fair. Not fair at all.” Then he squeaked. He does that from time to time.

And that’s when the professor saw the sign for dock 10.

I also saw another thing, which was way scarier and gave me the shudder:

Manly-Man, wearing a pilot’s uniform, was seemingly heading towards dock 10, too.

dadblameit

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119 Responses to “Dock 10”


  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 June 16, 2016 at 21:21

    I rather think that red bag is mine, Professor! It got lost and wandered off.
    Also, I got a humdinger of a sunburn this morning, dadblameit!

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke June 17, 2016 at 14:51

      This morning? What were you doing?

      That’s your bag! Aha. I should’ve known. I’ll get it for you

      • 3 erinkenobi2893 June 17, 2016 at 16:51

        I went for a walk. It was four miles. It was a nice walk, until I realized I was getting sunburned.
        Thank you! :-D

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke June 21, 2016 at 13:01

        Oh goodness. Erin! Must take a hat with you!

      • 5 erinkenobi2893 June 21, 2016 at 18:08

        I shall next time.

  2. 6 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 26, 2016 at 21:14

    Wondering if Manly-Man still calls you Honeybutts…

    • 7 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:51

      Hahaha. Great memory! He does. What a word it is, too.

  3. 8 Jackie May 25, 2016 at 18:32

    Ladybugs are cool!

    • 9 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:19

      Aren’t they? I wish I had a shell like that.

      • 10 Jackie May 26, 2016 at 16:22

        Now that would be cool!! I think you would look dapper in a ladybug shell.

      • 11 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:42

        I’d look like a beetle, too, a bit.

      • 12 Jackie June 6, 2016 at 19:43

        No you don’t – you are unique and look like yourself.

      • 13 Jackie June 6, 2016 at 22:09

        Dadblamit! That reply is worded very badly. What I meant to say was: no you wouldn’t you are unique and will always look like you. I’m having a muddled mind day – my apologies.

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2016 at 13:21

        Hahaha! But I knew what you meant! You’re right. Much better to be the professor, I suppose.

      • 15 Jackie June 7, 2016 at 14:17

        Absolutely!

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke June 8, 2016 at 13:15

        *bows*

  4. 17 Heartafire May 25, 2016 at 14:41

    Happy landing Professor, I am sure MM is a fabulous pilot…I dont know why I am sure.

    • 18 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:11

      But what if he isn’t? Do you still have my parachute? I say, give it back at once!

      • 19 Heartafire May 26, 2016 at 14:19

        I am sending it parcel post, expect it Tuesday, I just don’t know which Tuesday. Do you have a cape and a couple of safefy pins?

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:28

        I got rid of all my safety pins since I’m always sticking myself with them.

      • 21 Heartafire May 26, 2016 at 14:41

        Still you think you should be trusted with a Katana? ://

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:39

        Of course! *swings it about* Don’t you think so?

  5. 23 walt walker May 25, 2016 at 01:15

    1) I really that proverb up there, at the top of the thingy. 2) I like that you’ve finally made it to outer space (it’s outer, right?). 3) Pretty sure you’re right about what makes the paste.

    • 24 walt walker May 25, 2016 at 01:15

      like. I really ‘like’

    • 25 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:20

      Isn’t that proverb something? It’s so…resounding. Hope that works. I couldn’t think of the word. Beetle paste is awesome. You can have it instead of peanut butter, see. Outer. Yes,I think that’s it.

  6. 26 Simply Skeptical May 24, 2016 at 22:57

    ought oh! You’re in for a thrill at dock 10. Maybe change docks…

    • 27 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:19

      I know, right? I’ll just go home. This is why vacation isn’t worth it.

  7. 28 John W. Howell May 24, 2016 at 19:59

    Whoops. This might be a bumpy ride.

    • 29 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:19

      I know. And I hate bumpy rides. Maybe I shouldn’t go?

      • 30 John W. Howell May 25, 2016 at 18:36

        Naw. Don’t stop. Go for it.

      • 31 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:20

        Right! After all, what’s the worse that could happen? You’re right. Where’s my sense of adventure!

      • 32 John W. Howell May 26, 2016 at 14:38

        I think you still have it.

      • 33 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:38

        In the closet. I’ll get it out.

      • 34 John W. Howell June 6, 2016 at 21:01

        Great. look under the bed as well.

      • 35 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2016 at 13:21

        Probably put its shoes under there.

      • 36 John W. Howell June 7, 2016 at 14:44

        Ha ha ha. :-D

      • 37 Professor VJ Duke June 8, 2016 at 13:18

        Yup, here they are.

      • 38 John W. Howell June 8, 2016 at 16:36

        Right size?

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke June 9, 2016 at 17:09

        A bit big, but I’ll make it work, I hope.

      • 40 John W. Howell June 9, 2016 at 17:53

        Maybe you only need one and can fit both feet into it.

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke June 10, 2016 at 13:31

        Then I’ll have to hop about, tho

      • 42 John W. Howell June 11, 2016 at 00:59

        You have a cain, right?

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke June 12, 2016 at 14:53

        A super epic sword cane with a red blade! Nah, but it’s on the list.

      • 44 John W. Howell June 13, 2016 at 00:54

        Well you don’t have to hobble around if you have a cane.

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke June 13, 2016 at 12:42

        That’s true…maybe I’ll just get a chair to zoom around in.

      • 46 John W. Howell June 13, 2016 at 17:03

        Power chair?

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke June 14, 2016 at 13:09

        Yes! With boosters

      • 48 John W. Howell June 14, 2016 at 19:01

        And chrome wheels

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke June 15, 2016 at 14:41

        Chrome! Yessssssss!

      • 50 John W. Howell June 15, 2016 at 19:39

        I know Right? And leather seat.

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke June 16, 2016 at 14:35

        Yeah! Yeah! This is looking up

      • 52 John W. Howell June 16, 2016 at 21:57

        How about a killer sound system.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke June 17, 2016 at 14:53

        Yessssss! Bose speakers!

      • 54 John W. Howell June 17, 2016 at 19:07

        I have a Bose system for surround sound and a bluetooth Bose for writing. Good units.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke June 21, 2016 at 13:03

        Nice!!! The best units. The best, I say

      • 56 John W. Howell June 21, 2016 at 15:34

        :-)

  8. 57 Lady Dunamis May 24, 2016 at 19:42

    My dude Manly Man is back. That’s what’s up.

    P.S. This story was strange….real strange.

    • 58 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:18

      Kinda like me?

      • 59 Lady Dunamis May 25, 2016 at 13:23

        Strange? No. Unpredictable? Absolutely!

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:01

        Yes. I like that, you know. Maybe evil, too?

      • 61 Lady Dunamis May 26, 2016 at 14:11

        Depends if there is a full moon.

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:27

        I see. You think I’m a wolf man, don’t you?

  9. 63 Alastair Savage May 24, 2016 at 18:05

    When you said you were “smashed together” at the end of the flight, I thought you meant that you were roaring drunk after boozing the whole time. I’ve clearly been on too many budget airline flights between Britain and Spain.

    • 64 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:18

      Hahahahahaha! Is that what goes down between Britain and Spain? Why, I never. Still, the professor wouldn’t do that. I’m too vicious to do that, mind.

      • 65 Alastair Savage May 25, 2016 at 13:22

        They actually ban booze on certain flights because because people get too rowdy. It’s just the Brits mind, The Spanish are normally coming back from a family trip to London or Edinburgh, and get caught up in the maelstrom…

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:23

        *laughing* Do fights break out?

      • 67 Alastair Savage May 25, 2016 at 13:30

        Yes, and flights sometimes have to make emergency landings to kick the disruptive passengers off!

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:01

        Whoa. This is something. I must needs try out one of these flights, you know. Imagine. I’d have my katana hidden somewhere.

  10. 69 FictionFan May 24, 2016 at 16:51

    Beetle paste? Is this some kind of American delicacy? Yucketh! No doubt you eat it with cannnnnolllis (I’ve given up trying to work out how many ns and ls that should have.) Now, tell me so I don’t have to riffle through the whole thing, which pocket of your pack contains the emergency chocolate supplies?

    Ah, as soon as I heard those glorious words “Oh, my!” I knew my Daniel must be around somewhere! Take him with you! Oh dear, I don’t think Manly-Man in a pilot’s uniform is very re-assuring… *fears for the Professor*

    • 70 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:15

      *laughs* I’m not sure. It has to exist somewhere out there! But if not, then I made it up–on the spot, too. *proud* Hahaha. Yeah, just give it up, I say. Like I did with ‘banannnnannananna’. You’re going to steal my chocolate? It’s down there…

      If I go down…well, remember that I was vicious and mean and nasty. And that I really didn’t have any chocolate in my bag.

  11. 71 Debbie May 24, 2016 at 14:22

    Professor, I forgot — are you going on vacation, or does your travel have a purpose? (See, the thing is, you might need to have a quick synopsis of the previous action so folks like me — with LOTS of things on their minds — can keep up. Our mutual friend Mr. Howell (https://johnwhowell.com/) does this expertly!!) By the way, I’m glad to see MM making a reappearance, but I didn’t realize he’s a pilot. Will wonders never cease?!?

    • 72 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:12

      Well, I’m off on a vacation, see. At least, I think so. Oh yes, that’s because Mr. Howell is just brilliant. The professor is dull. But you’re right, I should! *nods* I didn’t think he was either!

  12. 73 Susan P May 24, 2016 at 13:24

    O no here comes trouble

    • 74 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:10

      Do you think it chases me?

      • 75 Susan P May 25, 2016 at 13:12

        Do you think you might be pursuing it?

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:20

        Me? Nah

      • 77 Susan P May 25, 2016 at 14:17

        How can you tell?

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:08

        I’m far too sweet to do a thing like that.

      • 79 Susan P May 26, 2016 at 14:21

        Says who?

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:29

        The…the…professor!!

  13. 81 PorterGirl May 24, 2016 at 13:23

    I must have missed something somewhere, I have no idea what’s going on. But it sounds pretty fabulous, nonetheless.

    • 82 Susan P May 24, 2016 at 13:25

      It doesn’t have to make sense, sister, you know that.

      • 83 PorterGirl May 24, 2016 at 13:28

        A very good point. That is perhaps why I like it so much. Very pleased to see MM making an appearance, too.

      • 84 Susan P May 24, 2016 at 13:30

        He is one of my favorites. He’s cheeky too.

      • 85 PorterGirl May 24, 2016 at 13:33

        I like MM immensely. Also Daddy Salami – I think he should adopt me. Or maybe marry me. I’m not fussy.

      • 86 Susan P May 24, 2016 at 14:15

        Giggle. They are my two favorites.

      • 87 PorterGirl May 24, 2016 at 14:18

        You shall be guest of honour at the wedding / adoption ceremony :D

      • 88 Susan P May 24, 2016 at 14:34

        Both of them?

      • 89 PorterGirl May 24, 2016 at 14:41

        Depends which one I can talk Daddy Salami in to, really. Either way, after that he can mow my lawn and clean my car. HA!

      • 90 Susan P May 24, 2016 at 15:03

        I’d keep him nearby. He’s sneaky.

      • 91 PorterGirl May 24, 2016 at 15:21

        Very good advice! You are so very wise.

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:12

        Why thank you

      • 93 PorterGirl May 25, 2016 at 13:32

        I was talking to Susan. But you certainly have your good points too, Professor.

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:04

        *laughs* haha. I know. I just had to do that. I love doing that. Just jumping in and taking other’s compliments. Hehehaha.

      • 95 PorterGirl May 27, 2016 at 06:35

        I like how you laughed like DS, there. I pay you plenty enough compliments, there is no need to pinch Susan’s. But you are hilarious so I forgive you entirely.

      • 96 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:53

        I’m always pinching something, I think. It’s such fun. I did laugh like DS! Good catch, madam.

      • 97 PorterGirl June 6, 2016 at 14:56

        A bit of pinching here and there is good for the soul… and for the stomach! (I don’t even know what I mean by that.) I spot these things, Professor, with my beady eye *does a beady eye*

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2016 at 13:08

        The beady eye! Sorta like the professorish eye, methinks. Pinching! Not for the stomach, tho.

      • 99 PorterGirl June 7, 2016 at 13:26

        No where near as scary as the Professorish eye! *is wary of it* Oh no – a stomach must be treated with utmost reverence. And filled regularly!

      • 100 Professor VJ Duke June 8, 2016 at 13:08

        Right. No late lunches or dinners. It won’t be tolerated, I tell you!

      • 101 PorterGirl June 8, 2016 at 13:27

        None at all?! Oh my! I shall have to have them all early, in that case. Eating on time is so passe.

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke June 9, 2016 at 16:55

        Passe… *tries to say it a few times*

      • 103 PorterGirl June 10, 2016 at 05:57

        It goes – pass-ay. Like that *nods*

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke June 10, 2016 at 13:42

        It sounds…French?

      • 105 PorterGirl June 11, 2016 at 12:26

        Mais qui, Professor!

      • 106 Professor VJ Duke June 12, 2016 at 14:55

        Ooo, that’s Mexican!

      • 107 PorterGirl June 13, 2016 at 06:16

        It’s Peruvian. I’m getting some practice in, see.

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke June 13, 2016 at 12:45

        Peruvian. these words. I declare

    • 109 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:10

      Well, I’m in space. Well, sort of. Well, almost. Well, you know what i mean

      • 110 PorterGirl May 25, 2016 at 13:31

        You know, it all came back to me the second I posted that comment. It’s the age, you see – does dreadful things to a naked mole rat. Space is great. And… MM!

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:03

        *laughing* To the naked mole rat! Look here, madam, you are not a naked mole rat! And I’m rather certain about that, you know.

      • 112 PorterGirl May 27, 2016 at 06:34

        But I was so sure that I am a naked mole rat! I mean, if not that, what I am? Hmm!

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:53

        A human beast like me?

      • 114 PorterGirl June 6, 2016 at 14:55

        It is a possibility, I suppose. The likeness is uncanny, though. Maybe I am an especially beastly type of human.

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2016 at 13:08

        I’ll have to have speaks with your mum about this…

      • 116 PorterGirl June 7, 2016 at 13:25

        Noooooo! No, don’t do that. Ask my nan instead. She will confirm it.

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke June 8, 2016 at 13:08

        I think your nan might be a bad influence on you

      • 118 PorterGirl June 8, 2016 at 13:26

        Absolutely not. She is a paragon of virtue. Or naughtiness. Well, one of the two anyway.

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke June 9, 2016 at 16:54

        *laughing* I love the use of paragon there…


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